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Institute of Criminology



Professor Sherman's research interests are in the fields of crime prevention, evidence-based policing, restorative justice, police practices and experimental criminology. He has conducted field experiments, for example, on finding more effective ways to reduce homicide, gun violence, domestic violence, robbery, burglary, and other crime problems, in collaboration with such agencies as the Metropolitan, Northumbria and Thames Valley Police, London's Crown Courts, HM Prisons, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Youth Justice Board of England and Wales, and the National Probation Service. Since 1995, he has been co-directing a program of prospective longitudinal experiments in restorative justice involving some 2500 offenders and 2000 crime victims. Since 2005, he has been developing new tools for predicting murder among offenders on probation and parole in Philadelphia, as well as randomized trials of intensive services among highest-risk offenders.


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Recent Publications

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Professor Sherman in the Media

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Lawrence Sherman in 1995 interviewing police scholar Albert Reiss on his career in criminology

Professional Policing and Liberal Democracy

Professor Lawrence Sherman:'Less Prison + More Policing...

Lawrence Sherman - Criminólogo (SEGURIDAD PÚBLICA)

Lawrence Sherman at Nudge and Beyond: Behavioural Science

Prof. Lawrence Sherman - Evaluación de Impacto en Seguridad -

Crime Hot Spots chat

Cambridge Ideas - The Crime Experiment

Lawrence Sherman - Presidencia del Uruguay

Lawrence Sherman at Nudge and Beyond: Behavioural Science, Policy and Knowing What Works


Download CV

Download 'Forecasting murder within a population of probationers and parolees'



Wolfson Professor Emeritus
Chief Scientific Officer, Metropolitan Police
Professor Lawrence  Sherman

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